Tahlka news Bureau
Lucknow:�Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday announced 13 winners of the Fast Track Smart Cities competition.
Lucknow has topped the list of Fast Track Smart Cities Competition.
The Uttar Pradesh capital is followed by Warangal (Telangana), Dharmshala (Himachal Pradesh), Chandigarh, Raipur (Chhattisgarh), New Town Kolkata (West Bengal), Bhagalpur (Bihar), Panaji (Goa), Port Blair (Andaman and Nicobar Islands), Imphal (Manipur), Ranchi (Jharkhand), Agartala (Tripura) and Faridabad (Haryana).
A total of 23 cities with the highest ranking from various states and union territories, which failed to get representation in the first round of Smart City Mission held in January, had participated in the competition.
All these 23 cities had submitted revised proposals last month and those meeting the benchmark set by the winning cities in the first round of the competition will now get central assistance.
Under the Smart City Mission, 100 cities across the country will be developed as smart cities by 2019-20 with the Union government providing financial support to the extent of Rs 48,000 crore over five years.
While 20 smart cities were selected during 2015-16 as per the Mission guidelines, another 40 would be selected during 2016-17 and the remaining 40 during the next financial year.
Each city selected in different rounds of competition will be given central assistance of Rs 200 crore in the first year and Rs 100 crore each during the subsequent three financial years.
State governments and respective urban local bodies will provide matching funds to the same amount.
The project intends to promote adoption of smart solutions to enhance the quality of urban life and provide a clean and sustainable environment.